Wateree Recreation Area is located in the heart of South Carolina's Olde English District, where the three large river systems, Pee-Dee, Catawba-Wateree and Broad, that once brought in settlers, now lure campers, picnickers and fishermen alike! This 14,000-acre hydroelectric impoundment has a 190-mile shoreline. Situated on a peninsula of 25 pristine wooded acres, Wateree Recreation Area is designed for the recreational enjoyment of military members and their families.
Wateree Recreation Area
Type of site
$17 - $20
$105 - $120
$375 - $425
$59 - $99
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22 May-22 June 2014
Curt and his entire staff go out of their way to make this the best campground experience possible. There are activities for kids every weekend to go along with the well maintained beach and park. They offer rental equipment for every activity and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Lake Wateree is a great lake for fishing and watersports alike.
March 9, 2014
People working did not know where the sites were located when I asked for direction and than someone was already in the location given to me so we had to find another spot which wasn't hard because very few people were in the campgrounds. NO HEAT IN THE SHOWERS temp was down in the 30's the night we stayed.
December 22-23, 2013
Stopped by for a couple nights stay. I've heard good things about this place and needed to check it out. Being in the "off season", it was quiet and slow. But I can see this being a busy location during the summer. Not a large recreation area, but it has most of what you need for a fun outing along the lake. Staff was very friendly. Some of the facilities are starting to get old and it shows. But they do the best they can with them. Only a few RV campers and a couple cabins rented this weekend. Too bad the WiFi isn't free, but our Verizon worked fine.
26 to 28 Feb. 2013
We were there in Feb. so there was no problem getting a last minute lot for our trailer. Was very nice and quiet, no city noise no hwy. noise and overall very clean. Personnel are very nice; we had a flat tire on our trailer and they had everything needed to fix it. I can imagine that in the summer it is full and probably not so quite. Has playground and is very child friendly. There is a small Laundromat but not in good shape and very dirty. Internet does not work so well and I can imagine that is even worse when there are many campers there. We used McDonalds about 9 miles away in Camden. This is nature pure here also take time to visit Camden the oldest inland city in SC (1732). If you want to get away from the city to a nice resort with your kids then this is great!
Oct 17/18, 2012
We made our reservation last minute but Kyle told us our site no. over the phone and said to pull-in when we arrived. We had a problem with our faucet and Kyle suggested we go to WalMart and find a "cheap replacement" which we did and he put it in for us....great service! We then met the manager and he was very friendly and welcomed us back anytime. The weather was gorgeous and next time we'll stay longer and take advantage of the lake.
April 20 - 25, 2012
Let start off by saying the staff are awesome, they go out of there way to accommodate your requests. The campsites are level and clean, a little close for my liking but I did not drop rating for that matter because there was enough space between sites I just like a vast amount. This place can fill up fast so make sure you call ahead. If you are a boater this is a dream campground for you ( i'm not) and if your not you will not be disappointed either.
This is primarily a short-stay, boating and fishing facility for Shaw AFB. (Crappie fishing was great while we were there.) However, it is certainly suitable for snow birds who want to stay near a lake in a moderate winter climate. It can drop below freezing in winter, so be prepared to drip the water when the weather report so predicts. And Curt and his staff are energetic and highly motivated to make it a great experience for everyone, regardless. The laundry facility is minimal (2 small stacked units that were not very clean) so we drove into Camden to "Spin City" to do the wash. It was a convenient time to stock up on groceries, also, so not a real problem. The bathhouses are old, but serviceable, however they never had hand soap or towels stocked. WiFi is expensive, but 3G and telephone signals were fine, and we used a smart phone for internet connection. You can do pretty much anything with that except view Netflix. Over the air HD was good, and was not difficult to find a clear spot to point a satellite dish.
SEPT 24 2011
JUST RETURNED FROM TENT CAMPING & CABIN RENTAL FOR 3 NIGHTS. ANOTHER MILITARY COUPLE AND I INVITED OUR KAYAK CLUB FOR A LONG WEEKEND AT WATEREE RECREATION AREA. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. I TENTED LAKE SIDE. THE SITES WERE CLEAN, GRASS CUT AND SAW NO FIRE ANT NESTS ( AM FROM MYRTLE BEACH AREA WHICH FIRE ANTS ARE A BIG PROBLEM). THE CABINS WERE CLEAN WITH NEW TV AND HAD MOST EVERYTHING YOU WOULD NEED TO COOK WITH. THE STAFF & MANAGER WERE VERY FRIENDLY & HELPFUL TO US AND OUR GUESTS. I NOTICED THAT THE FACILITY WAS VERY KID FRIENDLY WITH A NICE PLAY GROUND, GREAT DOCKS FOR FISHING, SUMMER PROGRAMS AND EVEN OUTDOOR MOVIE WEEKENDS. I CANT WAIT TO RETURN FOR LONGER THAN JUST A FEW DAYS.
May 27-31 2011
This is our 4th year of coming to Wateree. The campground is a fun place and we have noticed a major improvement in the cleanliness of the cabins. The campground manager is always friendly and helpful. We look forward to many more visits.
27-29 May 11
We spent two nights at Wateree this past weekend (27-29 May 11). We have stayed here several times in our 5th wheel Toy Hauler. We had spot 21 on the top, as always we were not disappointed. The entire staff here is awesome.
May 19- 31, 2011
This is a very pretty area. We've been on site 5 which is a little tight for a 40' Class A, but we have a great view of the lake from 2 points. We had to pull all the way to the front to get our satellite to work. Last night they had a dance party for the kids & a movie. There is a small beach & the lake there is shallow. There are lots of trees & plenty of shade, except for the beach. Didn't use the bathhouse, but the laundry leaves a lot to be desired - 2 washers & dryers & kind of expensive $ 1.50 per wash & $1.75 for dry, but it does dry for 63 minutes. It's just a tiny room & not especially clean. Other than that, Kurt & his staff work very hard to keep this place clean. They were very friendly & available. You see Kurt in his golf cart many times a day, there to take care of any problem. They now have sewer hookups, which was a pleasant surprise when we arrived. We've enjoyed our stay here very much. The town of Camden isn't too far (abt 10 miles) for any shopping needs. If you had a boat, you would want to come here. You can also rent them here.
May 7-15, 2011
Did my annual trip to Wateree this year – went this time in May and as always was not disappointed. I don’t camp but rather stay in the cabins when I go. I could tell that they’ve been working on improving the cabins – noticed that several of them had new screened in porches (which face the lake) along with new patio furniture inside the screened in porches. I use Verizon for my cell phone and wireless and didn’t have any problem whatsoever getting reception for either one. Whenever I needed any assistance or had a request Curt and/or his staff was right on it and came through. Prior to this trip we stayed at Wateree over New Years – boy was that a blast. A New Year’s Eve event was put on in the large Recreation Center that is located in the park – live entertainment was provided, music in-between sessions, noise makers and hats and more enough food – even my teenage daughter enjoyed herself that evening. Like I’ve said before I travel all the way from Iowa to come stay here because neither I nor my family have ever been disappointed.
Several times a year for the past 20 years
I started taking my family to this site when I was stationed at Shaw in 1991 - I've since retired here to Iowa but continue to enjoy what Wateree has to offer - someday when I win the Powerball I plan on buying me a place at Wateree.
October 5, 2010
Just stopped in for an overnight during a trip. We were impressed by the friendly reception when we called in and when we arrived. We were told by the office that the contract has been approved to add sewer to the sites, and also to expand the number of sites. New sites are to have cement pads under the tables also. He said that by next year, the campground "will be bigger and better". The floating docks have apparently been recently replaced, and additional new floating units are stacked in the area, apparently for expansion.
Sept 7 and 8, 2010
R.M. left this review using the Directory software: Nice place, good staff (what few I saw) arrived around noon on a Tuesday, departed around 10 AM on Thursday, bath house never cleaned, glad I had my own toilet paper. Floats in swimming area needs too be replaced. general off season maintenance needs of be accomplished. May return again. Ret MSgt.
Every weekend since August 2009
This is a wonderful campground to stay at. The lake is beautiful, the campsites are clean and a nice amount of room to camp on. The Manager and employees are all very friendly and make sure if you need anything, they try to help you with whatever your needs are. This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have ever been to. There are alot of nice people here at this campground who make you feel right at home. dmesseman
April 25, 2010 thu May 2, 2010
Wonderful CG to visit, friendly staff, well kept grounds. Camden, Columbia, Sand Hill Mall all with in driving distance. 2 showers for men 2 showers of women. 2 washer and dryers. Small store, boat rental, water views on 3 sides. More campers on weekends than during the week. We will return again without a doubt. If it had sewer hook ups it would be perfect 5.
Week-end of April 23, 2010
My wife and I visited Wateree this week-end. The park was clean, easy to locate and a good value. The staff were friendly, professional and there to help. We had a relaxing week-end, enjoyed the fishing and the park itself. The grounds were clean and attractive. We plan to return many times.
November 21, 2009
Spent the weekend and attended an Oyster Roast hosted by the campground, which was excellent. Locally purchased South Carolina Beaufort Oysters were fantastic. Great evening and fun was had by all in attendance. Following the Oyster Roast there was a community bon fire for marshmallow roasting and friendly chats with others staying at the campground. The grounds are in excellent condition and very clean. Also found out you can follow this recreation area on Facebook where they post upcoming events or special announcements such as updates on the boat launch repair and more. Check it out at this link: http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Camden-SC/Wateree-Recreation-Area/149607884143?ref=ts
May 26-27 2009
We arrived early afternoon of Tuesday after the long Memorial Day weekend...very quiet with only about five RVs in the campground. No problem finding a site. The manager was friendly and helpful. What a beautiful setting...a large, hilly recreation area sprinkled with tall pines sitting on a sparkling lake. And did I mention quiet...peaceful...serene? Glorious after a day on the road. But the size and capacity of this recreation area is such that I don't think we'd like to be here on a major holiday weekend. The manager said it had been a very busy Memorial Day weekend with all the cabins full, tenters, and RVers, not to mention lots of day-trippers out for water activities, a picnic, or BBQ. The concrete pads are not level but, on site R11, we leveled up with only about three inches of lift on the back wheels. Other sites looked as though they might be about the same amount off-kilter. Each electric box is set up for 50/30/20 amp connections and was 124 volts ac at the power post. The bath house was clean. There are adequate toilets but only one shower each in the mens & womens sides. This is the only bath house to serve a large recreation area so, on a busy weekend, there might be a few folks standing in line for the facilities. This was a one night stop for us on the drive home from West Virginia, but I could definitely see spending some quality time here to do some lake fishing which, the manager said, is pretty good here. I did throw a lure into the lake around dusk and got one little small mouth bass and a sunfish for my efforts. But I think a serious effort from a boat might yield some good results. Oh yes, they do rent boats...both self powered and motor powered. The boat pier in front of the office is a floating dock made up of plastic modules. Many of those modules have broken tops (the walking surfaces) which can be dangerous, both as a trip hazard and a cut/scrape/puncture hazard to barefoot or flip flop wearing folks. Considering how well-kept everything else is, the poor condition of the dock was a surprise. I hope MWR will put this at the top of their maintenance list before someone gets hurt. Our Sprint cell phone and 3G EVDO Internet Access Card both had great signal, so we had high speed Internet.